Monday, February 21, 2011

More pounds lost, diagnosis made

I went to the convenient care center today to weigh myself and was suprised to find that I have lost more weight. I have lost a total of 175 pounds. I am 15 pounds away from my first final goal. I recently went to have some tests done by my gastroenterologist because I wanted answers to my nausea and vomiting. I found out that I have gastritis. For those of you who don't know gastritis is inflamation of the lining of the stomach. My doctor did a biopsy of the lining of my stomach to find out if it is caused by a bactia called H. pilori. If it is; she will prescribe antibiotics for a few weeks and some prescription strength ant-acid. I am relieved to have the cause of all my digestive problems. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my lap band surgeon to remove the fluid from my band. I am hoping this will help with restriction that I feel. I have an appointment with a spinal surgeon at Rush on Tuesday March 8th. I was told by my regular back surgeon that I would need a laminectomy and spinal fusion at L4,L5, and S1. The doctor in Chicago is a second opinion recommended by a friend from church. If he said I should have the surgery, I will have him do it since he is a nationally recognized back surgeon. This surgury will likely happen in June after school is out. Please pray for healing of the gastritis and the appointment with the new back surgeon.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Breathing better

My computer is acting up so this will have to be short. Today, I went to the pulmonologist and he was very happy with my weightloss and the numbers he got from the card from my cpap machine. He has decided to discontinue use of my machine. As a formality, he has ordered a sleep study that I will have on Saturday. I am very excited about disontinueing my cpap machine. Please pray for an appointment (second opinion) with a spinal surgeon at Rush Hospital. My surgeon feels it necessary for me to have a lamonectomy and spinal fusion surgery. It will take 2 to 6 weeks to recover from this surgery so I will have it when school gets out in June. Also pray for a test I am on April 16th. It is the bilingual certification test. Pray that it will only take me once to pass the test. (It usually takes people 2 or 3 times.) When I pass I can apply for teaching jobs and increase my income dramatically. Praise for God's provision of my car repairs.